Recently, the New York Times had an article about grown-up books with funny titles. Oh yeah?!! Children's books has loads of 'em. Here's some silly sounding books I've read. What about you?
|The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama||The Day My Butt Went Psycho
||Notes from a Liar and Her Dog||I Smell Like Ham
||The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco|
|Brainboy and the Deathmaster
||Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf
||The Great Whale of Kansas|
|Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet||Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
||Magic Pickle books
||Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse
The Tale of Despereaux adaptation
The Tale of Despereaux graphic novel
And of course, we can't forget the original book, the Newbery Award winner The Tale of Despereaux
The Sleepover Squad series
Mozart the Wonder Child by Diane Stanley
This week was the first meeting of our first Girls Book Club, a book discussion group for girls ages 9 to 12.
We talked about our favorite books (see those below), ate lots of pizza and chose our books for March and April. No need to sign up, just read, and come to the library that night. We'll have a light dinner; something tasty...it could be pizza again!
Some of our favorite books are Savvy, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Blood on the River.
Friday nights in the children's room is the new place to be. Our brand new program We've Got Game started in January and it's been a smashing success. Kids get a chance to test out the library's cool new tech gadgets like the Nintendo Wii (yes, the library has a Wii), Creation Station, and the Chumby. Plus kids can even bring their own handhelds. You can even try out the new Microsoft Surface!!!
Stop by this Friday, February 13 @ 4:15pm and see what all the Buzz is about.
Also check out the WebPlay! section of the Youth page for some awesome websites and gaming posts.
Youtube videos are everywhere, but how can you be sure you won't come across something with questionable content? Try Totlol! This new sub-site of YouTube is a parent moderated video community aimed at kids under the age of 13. There are videos about music, phonics, classic cartoons, even some cool series like Signing Time where you can learn sign language! The selection is huge and if you like, you can participate too by creating a free account, creating your own playlist. The site has gotten some good reviews from ReadWriteWeb and Wired Magazine. Find our more information about how it works here and see if you'd like to join in!
Other Online Video Alternatives:
|Photo by Flickr User dichohecho|
Sign up by calling, emailing or coming in to the Children's Library. Space is limited!
For kids ages 7-10.
The NEW Darien Library opened with visitors galore! The children's library game to guess the number of people was a smashing draw. We had over 100 guesses, and one was pretty close.
Truly amazing; we can't thank you enough for making the Library such an awesome place!
photo courtesty of Flickr user Chris Owens
1. What was your favorite Nutmeg book this year and why?
2. If you could pick one genre (for example: mystery, science-fiction, realistic fiction, etc.) to be included on future Nutmeg lists, which would it be and why?
3. Do you have a favorite book that has never been a Nutmeg, but you think should be? What is it? And why do you think it would make a good Nutmeg book?
4. If you could pick one character from this year's Nutmeg books to be for a day, who would you pick and why?
Hope to see you in the library......and Happy Reading!
Register in the Children's Library Saturday, January 10 - Thursday, January 22.
Activities? You bet! Create your own star for the Library's Nutmeg "walk of fame."
Games? Totally! The mystery game will have clues to characters, and plots of books for you to guess.
Movie Premiere? Definitely! We are going to show a movie that night that includes short films made by you, and other students.
We want you to be a part of it! Make or send us your Nutmeg Projects by Thursday, January 22.
- Write a book review about your favorite Nutmeg and email it to us at email@example.com
- Make a poster or piece of art inspired by a Nutmeg book or character. Bring it to the library and we will scan it to be included in the movie.
- Talk about your favorite Nutmeg online by creating a Voicethread and send us the link. Click here for instructions on how to make a Voicethread.
- Dress up as your favorite Nutmeg character, take a digital picture, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit our Creation Station on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and we can help you make a video or podcast about your favorite Nutmeg.
- Stop by the Children's Desk anytime to participate in a mini Flip Video interview about Nutmeg books. We will ask you a few questions about this year's awesome books and your thoughts about Nutmeg.
If you have any questions just email the Children's Librarians at email@example.com or comment below.
|The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater|
Stinky: A Toon Book
by Eleanor Davis
by Andrew Clements
The Talented Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
Double Trouble in Walla Walla
by Andrew Clements
The Legend of Spud Murphy
by Eoin Colfer